Amazon hails “progress” in diversity goals despite 71% of top executives being white

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Amazon is continuing to suffer from diversity issues across ranks, with its upper echelons remaining predominantly white while minorities made up most of its ‘blue collar’ workers.

Amazon released its EEO-1 form this week, a mandatory document which all private sector employers with over 100 employees must submit to the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), detailing “demographic workforce data, including data by race/ethnicity, sex and job categories.”

According to the data, Amazon has improved its diversification among its executive ranks since 2019, Reuters reported.

As of the end of October last year, 71 per cent of its top executives were white, down from 74 per cent in 2019.

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Around 42 per cent of newly hired executives were people of colour, according to an Amazon spokesperson who said the figures showed it was making progress on diversity.

Conversely Amazon’s “labourers and helpers”, which make up around two thirds of its entire 950,000 workforce, were 74 per cent Black, Hispanic or other nonwhite categories, up from 72 per cent a year earlier.

Its leadership ranks also continued to be predominantly male, with 77.9 per cent of its senior leaders across its global operations being white, compared to 79.6 per cent a year earlier.

Among its total workforce, male employees accounted for 55.4 per cent, down from 57.3 per cent a year earlier.

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